ac·​cuse | \ ə-ˈkyüz How to pronounce accuse (audio) \
accused; accusing

Definition of accuse

transitive verb

1 : to charge with a fault or offense : blame He accused her of being disloyal.
2 : to charge with an offense judicially or by a public process He was accused of murder.

Other Words from accuse

accuser \ ə-​ˈkyü-​zər How to pronounce accuse (audio) \ noun

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Examples of accuse in a Sentence

she was accused of lying on the employment application
Recent Examples on the Web The station, which its critics accuse of ‘pushing right-wing and sometimes racist disinformation,’ has been a darling of the Latino right for years. Fox News, 14 June 2022 No one would ever accuse Post Malone of eloquence, but here the music is also toneless and imprecise. Sheldon Pearce, The New Yorker, 9 June 2022 Nobody can accuse Fed Chair Jerome Powell of being secretive or speaking in code the way former Fed chief Alan Greenspan did. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, 27 Mar. 2022 Initially, aid was slow to arrive, with a handful of trucks reaching Tigray in the first weeks of the truce, prompting the Tigray side to accuse the government of reneging. Cara Anna, ajc, 27 May 2022 After the Hollywood Bowl incident, a former roommate of Lee's came forward to accuse him of having stabbed him during a fight at a transitional housing apartment on Dec. 2, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said. Elisha Fieldstadt, NBC News, 23 May 2022 Rokita went on to accuse the government of being unable to provide an accurate number of deaths or hospitalizations due to COVID-19, despite spending close to $5 trillion on fighting the virus. Lorraine Taylor, Fox News, 19 May 2022 Even the small group that texts almost every day to accuse me of slanting the news does so with a neighborly tone. cleveland, 7 May 2022 His response, according to a recording Patterson made of the conversation, was to accuse her, again, of being involved in Alexis’ disappearance. Gina Barton,, 3 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of accuse

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for accuse

Middle English acusen, accusen, borrowed from Anglo-French accuser, acuser, borrowed from Latin accūsāre "to blame, censure, charge with a crime," from ad- ad- + -cūsāre, verbal derivative of causa "legal case, reason, cause" — more at cause entry 1

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“Accuse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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ac·​cuse | \ ə-ˈkyüz How to pronounce accuse (audio) \
accused; accusing

Kids Definition of accuse

: to blame for something wrong or illegal She accused him of stealing.

Other Words from accuse

accuser noun


accused; accusing

Legal Definition of accuse

transitive verb

: to charge with an offense judicially or by a public process — compare indict

intransitive verb

: to make or bring an accusation

Other Words from accuse

accuser noun

History and Etymology for accuse

Latin accusare to find fault with, charge with a crime, from ad to, at + causa legal case, trial

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